Monday, December 29, 2008

36 hours in brooklyn

hello everyone!

i wish i could say that i am nice and rested from my 5 days in california, but in truth i am absolutely exhausted. i was supposed to come back thursday night in time for class friday, but i caught an awful cold on the plane ride to los angeles and ended up staying for an extra few days to try to sleep it off. it was really nice to be able to do so, even if it meant missing class and a many-times-rescheduled doctors appointment. saturday was spent at my second-cousin kathleen's house in venice beach; i think i even got some sun. her husband is an architect/contractor and their house, although less than 1000 square feet, was absolutely incredible. every square inch designed and thought out to the max. despite my ailment i managed to drink enough wine to feel warm and fuzzy and have long talks with my parents every night, which was actually quite nice. i hope everyone here had a good holiday.

i work today, have class tonight, and this time tomorrow it'll be d-e-e and me, the audrey to the d, speeding down the LSD towards m-hen-ry. (eh? eh?) i land in chicago at about 10 am, brunch with dee, shopping for dinner tomorrow night, then tattooing and thrifting and wine drinking and bed snuggling and fun-having will follow for the next 3.5 days. my only set plans so far are a (small) dinner party tomorrow night, and a quick drive-by at the post family new years party and then dancing all night at the hideout on new years. if you read this, and live in chicago, odds are i would love to see you, so please get in touch!

quickly, today: (chicagoans, don't judge me if you see this outfit replayed in the near future.)

sweater: anthropologie, ebayed
onesie: dalage, boutique in greenpoint
tights: two pairs, one vintage and one from urban outfitters
boots: irregular choice, via zappos

see you all soon!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

making the best of a bad hair day

1. don't fall asleep directly after showering. i cannot stress this enough.
2. if you fail to follow rule 1, carry a headband with you at all times.
3. find a flower arrangement and stealthily steal a bloom. stick it in the headband.
4. layer on as many loud colors and pieces as possible so your bedhead looks like part of your "disheveled" look.

i'm off to california in a couple of hours, so merry christmas, happy hannukah, and joyous festivus! no one celebrates kwanzaa, let's be real.

much love!


Thursday, December 18, 2008

one week until christmas

and i still have shopping to do for 3/5 family members. actually, 4/6 if you count grandma. fuck. i guess i'll do it this weekend. . .

at our office we had secret santa exchange yesterday. i lucked out and my secret santa turned out to be the adorable gay boy with a love for labels, kenji; he bought me a marc by marc jacobs clutch. i think i can honestly say it is the first designer thing i have ever owned in my life. i am not huge on labels generally, but it's a cool thing to have, i guess, although i worry that i am too careless for such nice things. my first instinct was to shove it inside of my purse to get it home, but i then realized that this would scratch the patent leather, so i carried two purses awkwardly, all the way home.

anyway, it is thursday, which is almost friday. tonight i am going to the rag & bone holiday party with my roommates - rachel recently procured a job there, and jared is dating one of the buyers. should be a good time. i really just wanted an excuse to wear this new necklace i bought yesterday, so the outfit is nothing too special:

necklace: h&m
shirt: not american apparel. some little store owned by j crew that had t shirts on sale for $6.
skirt: american apparel

i am thinking of letting my hair grow long. like, really long. every time i see a girl with long flowy hair on the subway i literally have to resist an urge to reach out and run my fingers through it. i used to have hair like that. it is such a great accessory. i want it back.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

culinary school etc

greetings! i wanted to write a bit about culinary school, because i suck at updating my other blog, so i am just going to consolidate here for a bit.

a typical day in school. let's take monday for an example. i get to work at 9 am, work until about 4:30 and then gather together my bag of tools (a big black bag that carries such items as a chef's knife, a paring knife, a bread knife, a peeler, 4 different kinds of spatulas, 2 whisks, a double sided melon-baller, a juicer, a pastry brush, a ladle, measuring spoons, and much more) and get on the N express train down to canal street. i emerge, walk a couple blocks to the french culinary institute, then walk up 3 flights of stairs to the locker room. here i change into the standard chef's uniform (i always want to call it a costume) that consists of black and white checkered pants, black skid-proof shoes, a chef's jacket embroidered with my name, one of those awful caps, a white neck scarf, long white apron, and towel.

from here i go downstairs to the second floor pastry I kitchen. it looks pretty much exactly like the top chef kitchen. i take my place and unload what i'll need for the day - we are assigned the recipes we'll be working on next class the class before, so we can read over them and know what instruments we'll be needing. i sharpen my knives and put them in a drawer. i then begin to "mise on place" (literally, to set up) my station with the correctly measured amounts of what i'll need for our first recipe: 100 grams of semi sweet chocolate, 250 grams of butter (which i cube), 125 grams of sugar, etc. our teacher/chef (chef toni) writes our agenda for the day on the board, something like:

prepare pate sucree (1 x person) divide, wrap, label, refrigerate

roll out pate brisee (4 x tartelettes per person), label, refrigerate

chocolate lecture

tarte au chocolate ganache, demo, 1x person

tartue au chococolate bavaurian, demo, 1x team

chantilly creme: 500 g cream, 100 g 6x sugar, vanilla - whip, 1x team**

**note: this was a really light day. generally we don't have a lecture and we are baking 3-4 things, so this was an unusually easy day for us.

and throughout the day we just go through the board. we all know the recipes for pate sucree (sweet tart dough) by now so once we've mise en placed it we make that, divide it in two, and refrigerate. there is a very specific way to do everything, which we learn by demos - our chocolate lecture was basically a quick history of chocolate, the differences between chocolates, what sort of chocolate should be used for once. of course, it includes a taste test between several types of chocolate.

for demos the chef will call us to the front. there is a tilted mirror over her station so we can all see what she is doing. she talks us through what she is doing as she does it - why you mix this first, how you know when the cream is hot enough, what to do if you overheat the cream, etc. then we go back to our stations and do it. as we go, the chef calls out "this should be finished by 7:30, then mise en place for the bavarian." our response is always "yes chef!" if you finish before the alloted time, you do the dishes from the previous dish; if you don't, you have a pile waiting for you at the end of the night and the scorn of the chef.

this continues until about 8:30, when we break for dinner. 3 or 4 of us go downstairs to the main kitchen to pick up dinner: generally 3 or 4 dishes, usually including a salad, some sort of grilled or baked vegetable, a meat or pasta dish, and something else: stuffing, mashed potatoes, etc. it is almost always incredibly delicious and is certainly the most balanced meal i eat all week.

at 9:00 dinner is over and we bring our dishes to the dishwashing room to be cleaned. we then get right back into the next dish - usually cuire a blanc (blind baking) tarts that were made and refrigerated before the break. every night a student is assigned to be the stewart (assigned the job of picking up dinner, getting the ingredients needed for the night from the dry storage room, making sure all jobs are completed, etc), 2 people are assigned to be bakers (they are responsible for taking things off the resting rack and putting them in the ovens, checking on them, taking them out when baked completely) and everyone in the class has at least one job that has to be done at the end of the night (cleaning ovens, dumping out the bleach buckets, reorganizing the dry goods shelf, etc). we finish up for the night; usually the last thing we do is decorate the tarts, either making a stencil to create a design with powdered sugar, or by piping chocolate or some kind of cream on our tarts. we then clean all our dishes, make sure everything is in perfect order for the next class, box up the goodies we made that night, then head down to the locker room to change back into street clothes and take the train home, new recipes jotted down on a small notebook in our pockets. class is generally let out at about 11 pm; i get home by 11:30 or so.

and here is one of those chocolate ganache tartelettes i mentioned!

as any of you who know me can imagine, this class is a dream to me. i absolutely LOVE it. that isn't to say it isn't challenging, exhausting, and sometimes downright fucking difficult - but in such good ways.

NOW! i did a little bargain shopping at h&m yesterday on my way to do some secret santa shopping and came up with this little number:

dress: h&m, $10!!
necklace: erica weiner, of course
tights: my mom's, from back in her jazzercise days. delightfully thick and warm.
not pictured: shoes, payless, realllly on their last legs

love you guys!

audrey xo

Friday, December 12, 2008


hello friends, it's been far too long! i've had a whirlwind, life-changing week; life is good, but different, and it's been harder and harder to wake up on time in the morning. as a result my outfitting has suffered. today, though, i gave it a shot, despite my swollen lymph nodes and general yuck-feeling.

i recently purchased some headphones at a little shop on bedford near my apartment. many years ago, i believe sam and i's first holidays together, he gave me a pair of bose triports for hannukah. i was underwhelmed by the unromantic nature of the gift until i started using them - it was freezing cold outside, and these amazing headphones not only sounded fantastic but also kept my little ears nice and warm during chicago winters. those headphones have long since been stepped on and lost, so i decided it was time to replace them.

i got a pair of panasonic retro style headphones - they don't sound as good as the triports, but at a third of the price and twice the style, i'd say they're well worth it:

they come in white, pink, green, and black, and if any of you folks are looking for dual-functioning earmuffs this winter, i can't recommend them highly enough.

on to today:

the first pose was not meant to be pinuppy so much as it was to show what shoes i was wearing.

skirt: received from dee, who was given it by vanessa; when i got it was longer and had suspender straps, which are always awkward for girls with boobs, so i deleted them and shortened the skirt a bit.

shirt: american apparel

tights: old old old, from my mama

boots: irregular choice

necklace: also old and from mom

belt: thrifted at the salvation army on bedford

i miss you all tons. i'll be in chicago for a few days around new years and hope to see you all then!

xo xo audrey

Thursday, November 20, 2008

cold and tired.

so, i had orientation for culinary school yesterday. nothing too special; orientation is orientation, no matter where you are, and there was a lot of attendance policy, medical records, you-need-these-shoes nonsense. but, they did talk some about what to expect in classes, volunteer and internship opportunities, etc - and i am really, really excited.

after orientation i came home and warmed up some red flannel hash. this is a really easy recipe that i feel compelled to post.

a couple red potatoes
a couple beets
a package of goat cheese
some herbs of your choice

clean and chop up the beets and potatoes into bite sized cubes. lay them out on a baking sheets, throw a little olive oil, salt, and pepper on 'em, as well as some thyme or parsley or whatever tickles your fancy and roast them about 450 farenheit for about 20-30 minutes. i'd just snag a piece of each veggie with a fork after about 20 minutes to test them. once they're cooked, take them out of the oven and dump them in a big mixing bowl. break up the goat cheese over it and mix it up until the beets and potatoes are coated in the goat cheese. they usually need more salt. i usually eat this with a sunny-side up egg. it should be noted that i brazenly stole this recipe from the roebling tea room, near my apartment.

anyhow, after dinner rachel and i stayed up late drinking blue moons and singing covers of anything ranging from abba to she and him to justice. i fell asleep around 2, woke up late, and just kind of threw something on in a hurry:

jeans: AG, i made 'em skinny. almost too skinny as it happen. i have knee socks on under these and i tried to take a picture with my leg up so you could see my shoes and i can't bend at the knees enough because the jeans are too damn tight. oops.
shoes: got 'em on etsy.
socks: american apparel
undershirt: old navy
sweater: truth? i was in a rushed panic this morning and borrowed it from my roommate jared. the tag has no name on it, just a picture of a water tower. it is very warm.
hat: my parents bought it on their honeymoon in ireland, about 30 years ago. it has a tiny moth hole that i spin around to the neck side.

happy thursday,


Monday, November 17, 2008


a slang term for women that hipsters used in the 60's. also the name of a clothing brand that i am now in love with. this weekend was rachel's birthday and after brunch and prop-8 protesting, we stopped in a boutique on the lower east side and tried on pretty dresses that we couldn't afford. i fell in love with this one.

this picture doesn't really do it justice. this is one of the rare pieces of clothing that actually looks better on us curvy girls than it does skinny models, and every photo i found online featured a girl who weighed as much as one of my legs wearing the dress. i have never felt so pretty in a piece of clothing before. but it was just too expensive. so i walked away, but i didn't forget it.

fast forward to last night. my friend jess and i were wandering around after drinking way too much coffee and decided to stop in this boutique called catbird. a sign outside advertised that everything inside was 30% off. after a bit of poking around, i found the dress! not only was it 30% off, but it was $30 less than the other had been to start off with. at almost half the original price, i bought it.

now i just have to find an excuse to wear it. oh, and i have to stop buying shit. it was gotten a little out of control lately. but i think it's all worth it.

how cold are you right now, chicago? can a girl wear a strapless dress with leggings and boots as long as she has a heavy coat?

see you soon!

xo audrey

Friday, November 14, 2008

friday night dancing & drinking research

happy friday everyone! my friend jess and i are planning a birthday/half birthday party (her birthday is december 3, mine is june 3) for early december and tonight we venture into the wilds of williamsburg to do some location scouting. i will be wearing this, because it is strangely warm in new york today:

romper: dalaga nyc
belt: forever 21
boots: irregular choice

have a good weekend everyone! my plans include birthday brunch with rachel and karaoking little mermaid songs in chelsea.

xo audrey

Thursday, November 13, 2008

strong finish

this outfit displays the last of my residual-funded shopping spree. this dress is made of silk. it has pockets! and inside it has a little ribbon with straps on either side to hold one's bra in place.

dress: on sale at anthropologie
tights: two pairs - one old, from my mom, and the pink have a cool crocheted rose pattern, from urban outfitters
boots: irregular choice, via
necklace: gift from rachel for my birthday

almost friday!

xo audrey

Wednesday, November 12, 2008


hi everyone!

sorry it's been awhile. honestly, a new girl started and she gets here really early and sits right next to me and i am embarrassed to take photos of myself with someone watching. so it's been difficult.

today, though, not only is she out sick but i am so high off of new things that i don't care WHO sees me voguing for my isight!

i got residuals money for a commercial i did a voiceover for back in september and went on a bit of a spending spree. . .

1. new coat

this is hugely exciting to me. i own like 4 coats, but all were bought when i was broke and just wanted something better than what i had before; as a result, they are mostly from the gap and kind of meh. i also see about 30 girls a day wearing the same coat. so. when i saw this on sale at anthropologie, i decided to let myself BUY IT. i waited outside for anthro to open this morning and was the first in line to buy it.

it's 100% wool, it's extremely well made, the pockets are lined with velvet. . . and i am in love with it. i figure, for at least 4 months a year it's the one item of clothing that people see you in the most often. . . it should be awesome.

pair this coat with these gloves, that i snagged for next to nothing at filene's basement:

and these boots, which i spotted sometime last autumn and pined for but couldn't afford. . . until now:

and i am ready for winter! BRING IT!

love you guys, and see you chicagoans sooner than later. . .

xo audrey

Friday, October 31, 2008

agyness etc.

good morning and happy halloween! i have never been big on this holiday - i'm not really one for clever costumes, and i hate spending money on wigs and shit when i'm only ever going to wear it once a year, if that. so i usually kind of half-ass it and wear my own clothes and say i'm a hippie or whatever.

this year i'm doing the same but having a bit more fun with it. i decided to be agyness deyn:

the last time i was in chicago me and dee went to this amazing thrift store that her friend owns and i found this dress. and i love it but it isn't the most versatile piece of clothing. so this gives me the excuse to wear it.

dress: i can't remember the name of dee's friend's shop. . . it was near chicago and wood.
shoes: forever 21

hope everyone has a fun, safe night. i, for one, will be going to a friend's house, drinking wine, inhaling herbs and ordering in chinese food. i may traipse over to a gay bar afterwards to do some dancing to madonna. we'll see.



Wednesday, October 29, 2008

to add to the scumbaggery

i just want to note that the "eyeliner" i am wearing was drawn on with a pilot felt-tip pen when i got to work this morning.

this one's for amy

to prove that i do have jeans and t-shirt, just rolled outta bed, dirty-hair days. . . i just don't take pictures of them.

t-shirt: dk by american apparel, i made it a v-neck
pants: american apparel
hair/face: slept on my friend's couch last night like a scumbag

love you guys!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


gah, behind again. i had a crazy week of work last week, as we had a huge gallery opening/party on thursday that i planned much of. it did, however, give me an excuse to wear this:

the dress i thrifted years ago in a thrift store in roscoe village. it was floor length but dee hemmed it up for me and now it's a fabulous little frock. actually, dee plays a part in every outfit this week! let's continue.

all of the designers in the office brought in personal work to hang around the office, all the guys in bands played, there were about 400 people and every one of them was trashed.

sam is in town this week and i have been going out too late and drinking too much, so i think in the following couple of photos i look a little rough around the edges. ah well. here's tuesday:

shirt: old navy
brooch: borrowed from dee (dee, i'm sending it back, i promise)
romper: dalaga, this awesome boutique in greenpoint
shoes you can't see, but they are these amazing iridescent pink barbie shoes i found at forever 21 for $10.

aaaaand this morning:

this outfit sponsored entirely by dee.

dress: dee gave to me when i was in chicago this weekend
brooch: yep, also dee's
tights: american apparel
belt: thrifted

that's all for now! hope everyone is having a good week!

xo audrey

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


so, i chopped off basically all my hair yesterday. so far the comparisons have been: the obvious mia farrow, madonna in her rain music video, and angelina jolie. . . in hackers. hey, any angelina jolie reference, i will gladly take.

anyway, i've cut my hair pretty short before but this is definitely the shortest; i want to like it really bad but i am still kind of shell shocked by it. if nothing else, i have decided it gives me an excuse to wear unprecedented amounts of eye makeup. i am incredibly paranoid about being mistaken for a lesbian. i know this is really stupid. but like today i am wearing this kind of oversized button down shirt and jeans and i have this haircut and i found myself walking to work thinking, don't even look at any girls or they are totally going to think you want them. it's really silly. and it really doesn't even matter. but short hair makes me feel so damn vulnerable!

so, anyway, here it is. i have to figure out exactly how i'm going to do it, not that i have a lot of options, but i could kind of muss it or do it really cleanly. i'm looking forward to a month or so from now when it's grown up enough that it's very pixie-ish and i can actually kind of style it a bit. but for now, it is what it is.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

proof that there are still good people in this world

some anonymous stranger sent my wallet back to me. they even paid to have it priority mailed to me. how wonderful is that?


good morning! and happy yom kippur! tonight i will break the fast (the fast i never started) with rachel at our friend jaime's place. should be nice. until then i am sneaking in a viewing of last night's project runway at work. i must know who gets cut! personally, i think jerrell's collection is blah. leanne's is my favorite. very cute.


shirt: american apparel
skirt: american apparel
belt: thrifted at renegade
necklace: erica weiner, of course

another fashion site i check from time to time is it's all pretty outrageous outfits taken in and around helsinki. sample outfit:

i love the inspirations people list as well. this one has a nicely placed chicago shout out!

xo audrey

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

tuesday + wednesday

monday i cheated and wore an outfit i already wore on here. although, really, how long can one be expected to get dressed for work without wearing a repeat outfit?


shirt: old, old ann taylor, i think from the eighties. it was my mom's. it used to be perfectly oversized but then i freakin' washed it and now it is imperfectly too small.

jeans: andrea goldschmieds, purchased at anthropologie and altered by me

belt: got it at renegade this year for $5 from this really sweet girl

necklace: that erica weiner, i can't stop!


dress: was my mom's. not sure where it's from.

very tall socks: american apparel

i get another free haircut! got stopped coming off the train yesterday and asked if i wanted to be a bumble & bumble hair model. i go in next monday. life is good.

xo audrey

Wednesday, October 1, 2008


i have been taking photos but too lazy to post them for the last few days. a quick rundown of the week so far:


tube dress thing: american apparel
shirt: old navy
belt: salvation army
neckalce: mama's


shirt: etsy'd
shorts: akira chicago
harmonica neckalce: erica weiner


shirt: american apparel
suit jacket: vintage calvin klein. haha vintage. by vintage i mean like 6 years old.
pants: gap, like 4 years ago. i bought them wide and made 'em skinny. doin' what i do.
shoe: bandolino via dsw
bird chasing airplane necklace: erica weiner
crazed look in my eyes: not really sure. tired?

loving you all! i'll start writing more soon, but work has been busy for a [very welcome] change.

the culinary school countdown begins! 7 weeks and two days.